Mackinac Center for Public Policy seeks a Director of Advancement to grow our network of supporters in Michigan and across the nation and participate in leadership of the Advancement Department. This role is based in Midland, Michigan, and will report to the Vice President for Advancement.
The Director of Advancement will:
Work closely with the Vice President for Advancement and a robust development team to implement an integrated fundraising strategy, with a specific focus on individual supporters and prospective supporters.
Identify and begin the cultivation process with prospective new supporters through a combination of research and strategic outreach.
Deepen relationships with existing supporters by creating and executing strategies jointly with other team members for donor engagement and stewardship.
Create and capitalize on opportunities for outreach and stewardship of current and prospective donors, including facilitating personal visits, coordinating small or large gatherings, and leveraging staff travel, speaking engagements, and policy initiatives as cultivation tools for current and prospective donors.
Conduct and oversee investor and prospective investor research and creation of investor profiles.
Assist in writing grant proposals and reports.
Manage projects, prospects and campaigns as assigned by the Vice President for Advancement.
Work closely with the Managing Director of Advancement in leading development staff with the goal of assuming this management role over time.
The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:
Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be a self-starter
Three to five years of experience in fundraising, sales, or demonstrated success influencing others
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, drive projects, develop plans and execute those plans effectively
Experience interacting with individual donors preferred, but not required
Notable relationship building skills which include experience managing others
Excellent writing skills
Deep understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility
Attention to detail while maintaining a big picture focus
Experience with databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred) and basic Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Bachelor’s degree preferred; being a lifelong learner is a requirement
The position provides a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To be considered for this position, please send a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the mission of the Mackinac Center to:
While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those whom we are considering for an interview. No telephone calls, please.
About Mackinac Center for Public Policy
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonprofit research and educational institute that advances the principles of free markets and limited government. Through our research and education programs, we challenge government overreach and advocate for free-market approaches to public policy that free people to realize their potential and their dreams.
Since 1987, we have been a champion for freedom for the residents of Michigan and beyond, from hot dog stands and food trucks ... to parents seeking education choice ... to workers exercising union rights ... to overtaxed business owners and entrepreneurs fighting for a level playing field. With them and others, we work to advance a freer and more prosperous state.
Government doesn’t create prosperity. People do. We all benefit when people are free to use their skills, knowledge and resources in the best way possible.
To that end, the Mackinac Center rejects the idea that government is the solution to all problems. In our research and educational programs, we consider:
All People. Our research recognizes the diversity of all people and treats them as individuals with unique backgrounds, situations and goals. ...People know how to allocate their resources better than government ever could.
All Institutions. Voluntary associations, businesses, communities and families all play important roles in a prosperous state and nation, as well as government.
All Disciplines. Mackinac Center research incorporates the best understanding of economics, science, law, history and morality — moving beyond mere cost/benefit analyses.
All Times. We evaluate long-term consequences of policy decisions on all people, not simply short-term impact on a few.